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Readers Name MSC Cruises a Winner in Annual Porthole Poll


Third Honor Recognizes Africa/Middle East Itineraries

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Nov. 13, 2012) – MSC Cruises has received its third Porthole Cruise Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award.

For the 14th consecutive year, readers of Porthole Cruise Magazine, a leading cruise publication, voted online and via paper ballots in a variety of categories.

This year, Porthole’s readers acknowledged MSC Cruises as having the “Best Africa/Middle East Itineraries.” MSC Cruises had been honored in 2010 and 2011 for its having the best onboard international experience.

"Our readers are discerning travelers who have come to expect only the highest standards of quality, product and service from cruise lines and destinations," said Bill Panoff, publisher and editor-in-chief of Porthole Cruise Magazine. "They know the degree of excellence MSC Cruises strives for in its itineraries and everything it does, and to have received their seal of approval is truly an honor."

“This award is significant because it was determined by our guests who are readers of this highly respected travel publication. It is rewarding to know that our guests continue to recognize and enjoy not only the international flavor of an MSC Cruises experience but also the unique itineraries and destinations we offer,” said Richard E. Sasso, president and CEO of MSC Cruises (USA), Inc.

“MSC Cruises’ South Africa and Middle East itineraries take guests to enjoy diverse cultures, and ports of call, complementing our extensive lineup of Caribbean, Mediterranean, Northern Europe and South America cruise offerings,” Sasso said.

For more information about MSC Cruises, visit us online at, call 877-665-4655, or contact a local travel professional.


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